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MPETERSON2311 Posts: 5,079
11/20/12 10:12 A

Welcome! emoticon Heart disease and diabetes also runs in my family. I hope your past of bad diets has come to an end and we can support each other on this marvelous free (yes free) community :)

I also recommend picking up The Spark book. It is really motivating and helps the website make more sense in my opinion.

Good luck!

LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (285,228)
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11/20/12 9:45 A

Hi emoticon and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!

There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.

If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos.

That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.

Welcome and best wishes!
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LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 69,265
11/20/12 9:08 A

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62NVON SparkPoints: (47,898)
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11/20/12 8:04 A


DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (531,821)
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11/20/12 1:24 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time.

A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

1. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.

2. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

3. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
*~ Paula *~
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LAURELSPARK SparkPoints: (102,898)
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11/19/12 10:58 P

Hi and welcome to SparkPeople. There are so many great tools and great people involved with this site. I'm sure that SP can help you along on your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Good luck reaching your goals!

RZERINGUE25 SparkPoints: (792)
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11/19/12 10:56 P

I am 25 and heart disease and diabetes run in my family. I've been trying for over a year noe to lose wieght and get in shape. I tried a few dangerous diets I will admit. One causing a injurie that finaly heal, Luckily I just happen to bring up the topic in the mall that I was looking for a hand held calorie counter and she told me about the website. At first I will admit I was thinking no way is it free. Now I'm hoping this website will help beat my family bad genetics and get healthy, in shape, and energy. I know all the above will give me more confidence, Friends will also be a plus.
Have a great day

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